The sad thing is that this information isn't hard to find, nor is it controversial. The only thing we should be regarding as scandalous is our myopic and egotistical assumption that marriage is confined to one man and one woman, that it is inspired by love first, and that it is an exclusive sexual contract, inviolate and unbreakable. A cursory examination of the anthropological record shows that quite the opposite is true. Marriage is as diverse as culture is diverse, and all the different variations, quirks, and permissive tendencies have exactly one thing in common. Not one of them has ever destroyed society.

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Since when does the religious right give a damn about reality?
There were also "brotherment" ceremonies performed by churches, and "Boston marriages". For both it is unclear whether they were sexual, though.
In many cultures and countries, it is far more acceptable to hate and make war than to be peaceful and love.

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